Choosing Green Pest Control Products

After my niece had a serious reaction to pest control, I realized that we were up against a few big problems. For starters, I knew that we needed to identify the types of pests that we were struggling with, and then we needed to find green products that would be safe for her to be around. It was a little bit of a challenge at first, but within a few weeks we found a company that offered the perfect line of products. I wanted to start a blog completely committed to pest control, so I started this site. Read more about keeping your family safe here.

How To Eliminate Oriental Cockroaches From Your Home


Oriental cockroaches, also called waterbugs or black beetles, are some of the largest cockroaches in the United States and often strike fear and foreboding in homeowners who spot them walking around in their yards or sink drains. You can recognize Oriental cockroaches by their large size as well as their shiny brown-black exteriors. 

If you want to rid your property of Oriental cockroaches once and for all, then you need to take a two-pronged approach:

  1. Kill the roaches that are currently present
  2. Exclude future roaches from getting into your home

To rid your home of Oriental cockroaches, follow this procedure:

Step 1: Inspect Your Property at Night to Determine the Severity of the Problem

Since Oriental cockroaches prefer to move around at night, this is the best time to inspect your property. Walk around with a flashlight and look at the cracks and crevices around the perimeter of your house as well as any areas where moisture is present. Some key places to check are your landscaping beds, crawl spaces, basements, and around drains and sewers.

Step 2: Kill the Existing Roaches with Insecticides

If you find roaches when you inspect your property, then you need to kill them with an insecticide. There are many different insecticides designed for killing this species of cockroach and they come in gels, dusts, sprays, and granules.

The most effective way to kill roaches is to dust or spray the small areas around your home where the roaches like to hide. Put out granules and bait gels along walls and in crawl spaces to kill the new roaches who wander on your property.

Step 3: Exclude Future Roaches from Inside of Your Home

As you get a handle on the existing Oriental cockroaches, you also need to proactively exclude future roaches from your living space. The best way to do so is to put insulation strips under all exterior doors, caulk all crevices and cracks around the exterior of the home, and keep screens on all windows.

Step 4: Consult a Pest Control Professional for Large Infestations

Finally, while most Oriental cockroach infestations can be handled by a homeowner who has a bit of persistence, sometimes the job is simply too big and requires a professional. If you find a lot of roaches during your inspection, or if your efforts to rid your property of the roaches aren't successful, then it's time to call in a local pest control company.


24 March 2019